Google Applied Digital Skills

Google LLC

Google Applied Digital Skills is a flexible, video-based curriculum that guides and assesses learners as they build digital literacy skills through practical, project-based lessons.

What This Includes

Skills addressed: Digital Literacy, Communication, Self-Management, Financial Literacy, Goal Setting, Creative Thinking, Teamwork, Resourcefulness, Emotional Intelligence

Learner resources

  • Step-by-step, self-paced lessons with video guidance to using Google Suite tools to accomplish practical school, work, or everyday life goals
  • Rubrics to understand the goals and expectations of each assignment
  • Students in classes get assignments from their instructors and can use a dashboard to find archived lessons

Instructor resources

  • Comprehensive video-based lessons with group and/or individual tasks using Google Suite tools
  • Online lesson plans with learning objectives, guidance, rubrics, quizzes. and reflection sheets
  • Get Started Guide & Remote Learning Tips for in-person, remote, or hybrid classrooms
  • Teacher dashboard to assign or create lessons, invite students to class, and view learner completion rates
  • Certificates of completion for students

Key Takeaways

  • Users can learn foundational digital skills on their own with free lessons, such as Digital Tools for Everyday Tasks.
  • Each lesson culminates in a student-created product, such as a resume, presentation, or research project.
  • Lessons, such as Present Your Ideas for Classroom Expectations, using Slides, and Create a Study Schedule To Meet Your Goals, using Sheets, build self-management skills and social and emotional well-being.
  • Google Workspace lessons in using Google Docs, Drive, Slides, and Sheets are contextualized to job search or workplace situations.
  • Employability skills lessons, such as Start a Resume, Send Professional Emails, and Plan Effective Meetings, are tailored to adults
  • Flexible curriculum allows instructors to pick relevant class lessons, teach them in any order, and/or assign to individual students based on interest or need.
  • The curriculum integrates with Google Classroom.
  • Guardian’s Guide is designed for parents and guardians helping younger students learn at home.

Google Applied Digital Skills is a free, online, project-based video curriculum, which was designed by Jamie Sue Goodman, a Google employee, with assistance from her colleagues and ongoing input from K–12 teachers. Ms. Goodman and her Google colleagues created an initial curriculum called CS First, which was organized around kid-oriented athletic-themed lessons. It launched in 2014. Later, Ms. Goodman and her colleagues developed the Google Applied Digital Skills curriculum with its focus on preparing learners for work and life skills. It was introduced in the 2017–2018 school year. It is now widely used with more than 500,000 teachers having signed up by 2019.

Adaptability & Flexibility


Critical & Creative Thinking

Digital Literacy

Emotional Intelligence

Leadership & Initiative

Navigating & Using Information


Teamwork & Collaboration

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